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Specific Herreshoff Vessels / Re: Queen Mab/Vagrant
« Last post by nayeligk on June 14, 2019, 07:02:16 PM »
Purchased by Julio Garci-Crespo for Grupo Oceana A.C. on March 11, 1975 for $100,000. I'm unsure of the date Oceana sold it to the next owner, but I believe it was 1978 or 1979. There's a card in my father's files from Rose and Jeremiah Sullivan saying "still living on the 'Queen' and enjoying her beauty" saying they are spending Christmas in Pelican Harbor.

Attaching top half of Offer to Purchase. I also have copies of the checks and notary's receipt of payment and surveys.

Well The dates and ownership's are pretty complete and I don't see any Mexican Syndicates - but it's not to say there wasn't a partnership of some sort - and there is some discrepancy in the late 70's as to when Pringle/Brunson sold her Lammers - so there is a small 3 year window.

With that said it's doubtful anyone here would be against you and/or Mr. Connor's from contacting and saving Vagrant  ;) .

Harold S. Vanderbilt      1910 - 1913        
Hendon Chubb       1913 - 1919      
R. C. Robbins              1919 - 1921
N. F. Ayers              1921 - 1926   
William A.W. Stewart  1936 - 1938   
Federal Ins. Co. of NY 1938 - 1940   
James B. Crockett      1946 - 1948   
Glenn Myers              1948 - 1950   
Stanley Runyan      1950 - 1954   
Robert Pringle              1954 - 1978   
Hans Lammers              1979 - 1985
Specific Herreshoff Vessels / Re: Queen Mab/Vagrant
« Last post by nayeligk on June 14, 2019, 06:45:28 PM »
Late to this thread, but yes, there is information missing from the list of owners! My father owned the Queen Mab briefly, not for a Mexican syndicate, but as part of an ocean research organization named Oceana. It was short-lived, but there was a plan to explore the Pacific coast of Mexico and collaborate with the University of California's Scripps Institution of Oceanography. I'm attaching a letter I just found looking through my father's files. I have more!


During the late 1960's and 1970's, we kept our boat at the Kona Kai Club in San Diego.  My friend's father, George Dixon, managed and skippered the Mab for several years.  It was my understanding the Queen Mab was owned by a Mexican syndicate at that time (early to mid 1970's).  This has not been mentioned in the chain of title spelled out in prior posts. Wondering is anyone one has any additional information regarding this period in the Mab's history.  Dennis Conner is located here in SD and I have contemplated contacting him to see if there might be some interest in retrieving her from Japan and bringing her home.  Just a thought.
Specific Herreshoff Vessels / Re: Queen Mab
« Last post by nayeligk on June 14, 2019, 06:19:08 PM »
The Mexican syndicate was actually Oceana, an oceanographic research organization started by my dad to explore the Mexican pacific. I believe he consulted with Jacques Cousteau's son for this and that Scripps was involved, but unfortunately I don't remember the specifics! There's only a Spanish language article at the University of California I don't have access to:

Hi from Alaska😁,
The Queen Mab was skippered by my friend George Dixon.
George sailed her for a Mexican syndicate. He had a all girl crew. He passed 2 years ago with a picture of his beloved Man hanging on the wall of his care room. Beside it his captian hat.
Specific Herreshoff Vessels / Re: Queen Mab
« Last post by nayeligk on June 14, 2019, 06:09:04 PM »
George! I wish I could have put him and my dad in touch before they both passed away. George was captain for the Queen Mab when my dad owned it. I was only 6 or 7 but remember our outings with joy.

My friend George Dixon who passed away on Thanksgiving was the captain of this magnificent ship. He told stories of his all girl crew off the waters of Mexico. He had a picture of the old girl in his old folks home. If anyone has some stories of my friend please share those stories. Thank You, Brian
Miscellaneous Herreshoff Topics / Re: Mystery Boat?
« Last post by boat builder on June 09, 2019, 06:50:21 PM »
I helped build this boat with Jeff Gray at Snug Harbor Boatworks (Duxbury, MA) back in the early 90's.
Herreshoff Designs Not Built By HMCo / Re: HA18 Sail Cover
« Last post by Charles Barclay on April 21, 2019, 04:15:00 PM »
Hi Bruce,

Welcome to the Herreshoff Registry forum.

Most canvas makers (experience does matter) will be able to measure your boom and make one pretty easily.  They will use quality thread and fabric and closures. 

An off the shelf cover from, say West Marine, is a common denominator product and likely ill fitting.  Good Sunbrella fabric and thread, well cared for (wash with fresh water and wash the guano off regularly) will be a 20+ year investment.  Take care of chafe too. 

Custom fit is a good thing here.  Recommend getting references from your local sailing community on a good canvas maker or one from the Bristol or Narragansett areas that would be familiar with the vessel. 

Herreshoff Designs Not Built By HMCo / HA18 Sail Cover
« Last post by bdpvt on April 14, 2019, 12:07:11 AM »
Hello everyone,
I'm the proud new owner of a '74 HA18. i'm looking forward to getting the boat in the water this season but i'm lacking a sail cover. Does anyone have a source for sail covers for this boat or perhaps a pattern so i can have one made locally?
Herreshoff Boats For Sale / Re: Herreshoff Eagle 22 for sale?
« Last post by duffboat on April 10, 2019, 10:56:22 PM »
I have just gone into contract for one, but before I did, I did a fair amount of research, and found a lot of dead listings, but if you are on the East Coast or near it, the "next best" Eagle on my list was the one on the list linked below, offered by Ted Melpolder in VA at (804) 384-6938:

He's asking $8,000 but I think he will negotiate - I talked with him a good bit about the boat, which would be a project (rudder, teak, mostly) and require some TLC as it has been left alone for some time.  (Seemed like a good guy.)

If you are up for taking on a hulk, there was also this one in FL which I investigated in February

which is definitely a project boat for someone who really wants to do the boat from the hull up.  The ad asks $4,000 but I got a sense they were definitely willing to negotiate to get it off the property. 843-906-8637.

The only other listing I found which replied to my inquiry (they had just sold) was this one:
which I have used for a reference - looks like it's in terrific shape - except for the missing rudder, which would be $3,000 to replace. 

After all this research, I figured that with purchase price and repairs I would need $10,000~$12,000 to get any Eagle into the condition I wanted, with allowance for some elbow grease. Your mileage may vary. (Arey's Pond on Cape Cod sold one in Bristol condition last fall for $17,000 with all the bells and whistles.)

I am not an expert in anything, except from repeated watchings of Matt Cline's Salvation Navy videos on YouTube, which I thought were excellent in terms of showing what you may have to repair in a Herreshoff America, which is essentially the same hull, and how to do it.  (His next project is ... an Eagle.) This gave me the confidence to go shopping ... I make no guarantees on anything I say - if you like an Eagle but are a first time buyer like me, watch the Salvation Navy videos, climb all over the boat - and get a survey.

Good luck!
Herreshoff Boats For Sale / Herreshoff Eagle 22 for sale?
« Last post by efs823 on April 08, 2019, 09:12:04 PM »
Looking to purchase an Eagle, Anyone know of one for sale?
Thank You!!
Herreshoff Boats For Sale / Looking for a 18' Herreshoff Harbor Pilot For Sale
« Last post by pcboatman5 on March 22, 2019, 04:31:00 PM »
I am looking to purchase a Herreshoff Harbor Pilot 18', any year, whether it is restored or needs to be restored. 
Any leads or information is greatly appreciated!
Thank you!
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